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Xenosaga(TM) Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)) Paperback – February 21, 2003

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BradyGames' Xenosaga Official Strategy Guide provides a comprehensive walkthrough, including detailed maps that pinpoint key items. A complete bestiary plus expert boss strategy to ensure victory in each battle. Mini-game coverage reveals winning tactics. Weapon and item lists include inventory of every ability, weapon, accessory, and item in the game. Game secrets and more revealed!

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Product Details

  • Series: Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Brady Games (February 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744002397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744002393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Birlew is an author and video game expert who has been writing official, published video game strategy guides since 1999. His original career goals included acting and directing. Video games always excited Dan since he was seven years old, but at the age of twenty-six he began honing his playing skills with the goal of becoming an expert gamer. He enjoyed publishing online documents regarding games, known as "FAQs". Dan inadvertently created an online persona for himself when he wrote and self-published on the Internet a plot analysis of the highly popular survival horror video game, Silent Hill. "The game's story was somewhat vague, and demanded that someone try to explain it," says Birlew.

Upon receiving an overwhelming number of positive responses from other Silent Hill fans, and after some gentle nudging from his wife, Birlew decided to set aside his acting and directing activities to establish a career as a video game strategy guide author. He sent writing samples to several publishing companies. Based on the merits of his very first submission, he was hired by a major publisher within 24 hours. Birlew says, "It was as though I had won the lottery."

Birlew has authored over sixty published video game strategy guides and seeks other methods of publication, such as review columns, articles, and other non-fiction video game-related books. Birlew says of his passion for games, "I love exploring video games, the industry, the culture, the fans -- and there is so much of it about which I can analyze and write." He also bears a strong desire to publish fiction, and is currently working on a novel concerning the paranormal.

Dan Birlew is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and has lived in Pennsylvania, Texas, and California. He now resides in Las Vegas with his wife of seventeen years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. Besides video games, Birlew also enjoys Japanese films and dining with his family and friends in the restaurants and clubs of Las Vegas.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have remarked elsewhere that Zenosaga is a game where the devil is in the details - all the myriad details. The plot marches cheerfully onward from (lengthy) cut scene to (even longer) cut scenes. But the action is complicated by countless possibilities for character development and weapons/equipment strategies. Not to mention puzzles, special quests and side quests. It is simply too much to keep in your mind if you hope to touch most of the games bases.
Take characters, for instance. You can build basic traits (strength, etc.), spell casting, technical attacks, and personal skills. You can don mechs, upgrade weapons, and tune your engines. To, while maps are important to finding everything, the real test of a guide is how well it brings all the rest of the confusion together.
I have to hand it to Birlew and Parkinson for managing to present all this material in a manner that makes good, usable sense. This is a 224-page guide, and you will wind up reading most of it. For the most part it is clearly written, well illustrated, and contains only a few glaring errors. None of the latter are disastrous, just irritating when you are trying to figure something out.
I have no qualms about using guides. Especially in a case like Xenosaga, where the designers obviously were planning an all out war with the players. Games like this scream out for maps and lists and charts, and here they are. One of my measures of the quality of a walk-thru if it extends enjoyable game play, and this effort meets that criterion head on. Well worth the cost.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Rhodes VINE VOICE on January 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
As far as strategy guides go, I'm more concerned with how its going to get me through the game, and also if it can get me through the game with ease. That's the MAIN point of a guide is to get you through the game. The Xenosaga Official Strategy Guide does this with ease. There are a couple of gripes present but otherwise very nice.
The first thing I noticed about the guide were the first about 60 pages of the guide are dedicated to a few of the miscellaneous things. The game basics and such. This may not seem like much but the guide explains the basics of the game a lot more clearly than the instruction booklet does.
Character profiles are great. They tell you when characters learn techs in an easy to use chart and they also give a small bio for them without spoiling what their main role is in the quest!
An weapon/armor/item list is availible. Easy to use table that tells you what you should buy and what you probably shouldn't. We all know that in Xenosaga you could spend quite a bit of money and you don't get much. This guide will help you save your money.
A.G.W.S data for them all. This also suggest what you should and shouldn't buy for them, as well as who should pilot them and what attacks you should focus on using.
The walkthrough was perhaps the most helpful part of this guide. This is where a couple of my small gripes come in but believe me they're very small. The walkthrough is easy to use and here's a nice thing to do in using this guide, while a movie scene from the game is playing take the time to read the guide. You'll notice that a lot of the info is extremely helpful.
Most noticeable are the boss strategies. These are VERY helpful strategies but this is where my first gripe with the guide comes in.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "kittie056" on June 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ok,I love this game,and if you love this game too I reccomend you get the this.It tells you everything about the characters,their ether,their weapons,their tech attacks,and the A.W.G.S.It will tell you all the enenmies you'll fight,where they appear,how much hp they have,and their weakness'.This guide will also tell you some secrets of the characters and if they have special things you can find for them too.This book will also tell you how to play the mini games and what you need to play them.They have made maps that make sense and help you find your way around easily.This book pretty much covers everything you would want to know.Keep in mind that some times the guide will tell you how to fight.Everything is pretty much upgraded and a lot of times things don't work out.If something like this happens then do it your own way that makes in easier for you to win.I give this guide 4 stars because the pics in the book aren't that great and are blurred,and they didn't explain how many things worked.But I do reccomend this guide for the xenosaga game to get a better understanding of how it works.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Law Ah Eng on May 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am glad to say that this time round, Bradygames didn't screw up this guide.
The maps layout of enemy positions and item locations are right on the spot. Also the item charts, skills extractable tables and ethers are accurate. All sidequests, from Great Joe/Mintia and Meld/Din Gareth bosses are highlighted, as well as a great walkthrough.
XenoSaga can be considered an easy RPG, but purists looking to find every item, complete every sidequest would have a much easier time using this guide-for nearly everything in here is written in a clear, concise manner. I had no problems completing the game my first walkthrough as this guide told me of the creatures' weakness, what skills/techs to equip and where to find the less obvious items on the maps.
There are a couple of things I would like to see if they ever are going to reprint this guide:
1. The Casino section. Poker can only help you to a small extent with G. Slots is truly the way to being a millionaire. Check out gamefaqs for more information.
2. The tech levels are there, but the effects (how much damage does it do per level?) are not shown. I would like to see not just the T pts requirement for upgrading one level but also the statstical improvements-by how many points (Ether Attack /Physical Attack) does upgrading a tech helps?
Other than these minor concerns I have, a perfect guide. Keep up the good work!
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